Blue lobster on display in Digby restaurant

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Dean Kenley has a very special lobster in his tank at the Fundy Restaurant in Digby.

The 1.5-pound male lobster is a striking electric blue on top and a dull albino white on bottom.

Blue lobsters occur about one in every 2 million and albino lobsters one in every 100 million.

“So this one is maybe one in 200 million, one in 500 million” says Kenley. “It’s a rare lobster.”

Kenley is thinking about calling the lobster Coory after the Coors Lite bottle – the label shows a blue mountain which turns white when it is cold enough.

Waylon Mosher caught the extraordinary seabug on Oct. 26 and immediately offered it to Kenley.

“I’m not selling,” says Kenley. “People are just delighted to see something so special and rare.

No one is eating this lobster. Not even the other lobsters.”

The last blue lobster Kenley had on display, also caught by Mosher, died after its fellow tank mates turned on him after he molted or shed his skin.

Kenley managed to recover most of the shell and had it preserved. It’s still on display in the restaurant along with the taxidermitized shell of a 15 ¼-pound lobster. That shell is 31.5” long and the label on the display says it was 63 years old.

You can see those lobster remains without leaving your house by taking a virtual tour of the Fundy Dockside at http://www.takeme360.com/fundy2/. Click on the solarium and look to the extreme left.

Kenley says he learned a lesson last time and will protect Coory from his cousins. Right now there is a brick divider in Kenley’s tank to give Coory his own space. Kenley is re-building his seasonal tank to house Coory and maybe one other guest for company.

This is in fact the third blue seabug Kenley has displayed. Jeffrey Leeman of Freeport caught a blue lobster in St. Mary’s Bay in December 2007 and gave it to Kenley to put on display.

Also in 2006 a fisherman from Parker’s Cove brought a blue lobster to the Digby’s Atlantic Superstore for display there.

jriley@digbycourier.ca

Organizations: Fundy Dockside

Geographic location: Digby

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